On Saturday, April 11, 2015, 117 volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Dive Inn for the famous quarterly clean up dive. Many STINAPA Junior Rangers and Sea Turtle Conservation volunteers were in attendance, as well as local and visiting divers. The dive site being targeted for a “spring clean” was the South Pier. South Pier is frequently in need of a clean-up dive because it is a popular destination for fishermen as well as the main pier used for cargo deliveries and cruise ships.
Did a great dive at the Blowhole Sat 11 Apr 15 with 5 other instructors from Dive Oahu. Picked 20#s of debris out of the ocean. Mostly fishing gear, but the debris included parts of a lawn chair, the top to a kettle grill, and an Asian soup spoon. Easy to organize, fun to do, and it makes a difference. Had lots of interest from the tourists coming to see the Blowhole. They were "shocked" to see six divers coming out of the surf with mesh bags, a chair frame, and a grill top!
On February 2nd, Rainbow Reef splashed just north of Molasses Reef to see what kind of junk/treasure we could find. We had 14 divers combing over the area between Sand Island and Molasses Reef. The divers stayed down for over an hour and we managed to bring up well over 200 pounds of marine debris! Our most useful find was a brand new Atomic titanium knife.
On Sunday 1st March 2015 the staff of Divers Down in Grand Cayman were joined by 10 volunteers in conducting a 2-tank clean-up dive trip. The 2 dives were done on sites in the George Town area that are not only popular with SCUBA divers, but also extremely popular with snorkel excursions from the Cruise ships due to their close proximity to the port.
Using equipment supplied by Divers Down and collection bags supplied by Project AWARE we embarked on our debris collection dives, arriving firstly at Cheeseburger Reef and then moving to the Wreck of the Cali for the second dive.
February 2, 2015 DIVE ARMY completed an AWARE Dive Against Debris. Thanks to Rainbow Reef Dive Center. At 1230 pm 15 participants that included a PADI Course Director, 2 PADI Master Instructors, a bunch of MSDTs, Instructors and Dive Masters headed out to Molasses Reef to dive the Deep ledge to clean up the reef. A lot of monofilament line, braided line, ropes, traps, and weights were found. This is indicitive of a fishing community as one would expect to find in the keys.
After few weeks of discussion about where to organize my next Beach Cleanup, I ended up realizing that it was right here , at our doorstep, that we should do something! I went to talk to the Azanzi Hotel manager, who promised me to send some of his staff. I got in contact with Theresia, from Zanzrec, the recycling company. She is always willing to help and this project was a good opportunity. I went on making flyers, and deposited them in the surrounding hotels, on the east coast of the island. I put some more of them in town.
I started 2015 attending a New Years Day dive at Sand Harbor State Park located at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The New Years Day dive is an annual event that brings local Nothern Nevada divers and dive centers together for a day of diving and friendship. I represent Tahoe Dive Center at this annual event and was diving with a divemaster who regularly works with me.